Georgia is marking National Fishing and Boating Week this week.
The state’s Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is taking the opportunity to encourage people of all ages to take advantage of activities centered around fishing and boating this week.
Wildlife Resources Division Chief of Fisheries Management John Biagi said outdoor recreation strengthens the family as a unit and children as individuals. He added that National Fishing and Boating Week is an opportunity to remind all outdoor enthusiasts to teach their children and others the importance of natural resource conservation while introducing them to an exciting activity that could last a lifetime.
In Georgia, the state is offering a free fishing day this Saturday, June 8. On Saturday, state officials said that Georgia residents do not need a fishing license or a trout license in order to fish, adding that it applies to any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas. In addition, residents do not need to obtain a wildlife management area license to fish on a public fishing area on Saturday.
According to a press release, National Fishing and Boating Week began in 1979 as National Fishing Week and was created to recognize the tradition of fishing, to broaden the spirit of togetherness and to share the values and knowledge of today’s anglers with tomorrow’s anglers.
For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week and different associated activities in Georgia, including the free fishing days, nearest kids’ fishing events, or places to fish, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/nfbw.